There was in the night sky as Sunday stretched to Monday: a total moon eclipse. Where people had clear conditions and unobstructed views, the moon took a red color.
It was the only eclipse of 2019, and it happened just before midnight east. In parts of New York City, the night might have been full enough to keep potential skywatchers indoors, but the clouds had cleared enough for a good view of obscure obstacles earlier in the day.
Eclipse occurred because the earth stood between the sun and the moon, shed a shadow over our planet's pearl satellite. It is the opposite of a solar eclipse when the moon comes in the path of the sun, causing the night to fall by day on parts of the Earth's surface.
There will be two super-meetings this year, like a total solar eclipse in the southern hemisphere in July and a "ring of fire" eclipse in parts of Asia around the end of the year. Skygazers on the east coast of the United States may also witness mercury transport over the sun in November.
And who knows? Other surprises in space and astronomy can await us in the coming year. For now, you can enjoy these scenes from the total lunar eclipse.